Lunar eclipse 2020 is set to please space enthusiasts today. Unlike a total lunar eclipse, the latest eclipse will be visible as a penumbral lunar eclipse tonight. It will be the first of the four penumbral lunar eclipses that will appear this year. Today’s lunar eclipse, or chandra grahan in Hindi, is the first full Moon of the year that is dubbed as ‘Wolf Moon’. This is also known as Ice Moon or the Moon after Yule, Shakambhari Purnima, Paush Purnima, and Duruthu Poya. The eclipse will appear in many countries around the world including India, though it is not likely to be visible in the US.
Lunar eclipse 2020 India timings
The penumbral lunar eclipse 2020 that will last for four hours and five minutes will appear in India as well as several countries across Africa, Asia, and Europe. As per the details provided by Time and Date, the lunar eclipse will be visible in India from 10:37pm IST on January 10 to 2:42am IST on January 11. It will, however, not appear in the US as the development is believed to take place while the Moon will be below the horizon for Americans.
How to watch lunar eclipse 2020 live
If you’re in one of the countries where the lunar eclipse 2020 will appear, you’ll be able to watch it live by heading out. However, if you’re staying in the US or any other places where the eclipse won’t appear, you’ll be able to watch the action through a live stream. You’ll also get a chance to view the evolution of the lunar eclipse by watching its live stream online.
YouTube channel Cosmosapiens is set to start its lunar eclipse 2020 live stream at 10:30pm IST today. Space-focussed website Slooh.com will also live stream the event at 1am IST along with commentary by a team of experts discussing various aspects of the lunar eclipse. Viewers will also be able to ask specific questions to the experts or snap their own images of the eclipse using Slooh’s Starshare Camera.
Generally, it is not easy to distinguish penumbral lunar eclipses from usual full Moon events. However, if you are keen to watch the lunar eclipse 2020 live from your location, you can head out tonight and observe the changes in the sky. You don’t need to take any precautionary measures. This means you can see the celestial activity through the naked eye, without using any eye protectors.
After today’s eclipse, the next penumbral lunar eclipse will occur on June 5 that will also be visible completely from India and other Asian countries. The other two penumbral eclipses will take place on July 4 and November 29 that both will only partially be visible from the Indian region.